Kazakhstan and Japan: Cooperation in green energy
Kazakhstan and Japan plan to exchange experiences in renewable energy sources usage. Such agreement was reached when the head of Green Technologies and Investment Projects Center Rapil Zhoshybayev paid a visit to Tokyo and Osaka. Despite the fact that Japan is not part of the world’s top 10 leaders in wind and solar energy usage, the number of wind power plants have increased twice in 2016. There is something to learn from Japan. For instance, the preferences issued by the government for saving energy.
MASAOMI KOYAMA, SENIOR STAFF, JAPANESE AGENCY FOR NATURAL RESOURCES AND ENERGY:
– There are companies that manufacture air conditioners. They need to make sure that their products save as much energy as possible. They get preferences for that. There are houses with zero energy. The government gives subsidies to the buyers of such houses.
TOSHINOBU KATO, DIRECTOR GENERAL, JICA DEPARTMENT:
– Japan has a great experience in manufacturing high technology power-generating panels and the first developments emerged here. There are also Japanese companies that manufacture sulphur-sodium accumulators. JICA has implemented many projects in Kazakhstan and hopes for further strengthening of cooperation with your country.
During the visit to Japan, a hydrogen car and their advantages were presented to Kazakhstan delegation. Such transport can cover 650 kilometers.
YUKO SASAKI, COMPANY MANAGER:
– A hydrogen car’s filling time is three minutes. Just like an ordinary car’s. Now in Japan there are 2392 cars powered by hydrogen fuel. There are 92 operating hydrogen filling stations.
In its turn Japan’s delegation was interested in Astana’s experience in organizing international exhibitions. Osaka is a candidate city for hosting EXPO 2025. Rapil Zhoshybayev has also invited a delegation from Japan to take part in the Astana economic forum.
RAPIL ZHOSHYBAYEV, HEAD, CENTER FOR GREEN TECHNOLOGIES AND INVESTMENT PROJECTS:
- We want to invite similar centers from all over the world to this forum and hold a management meeting of such centers operating in the whole world.
Kazakhstan’s center for green technologies and investment projects and Japan’s energy concervation center have agreed to sign a cooperation memorandum. The parties have agreed to conduct kazakh specialists training in Japan.